Alleged fraud: Court discharges case against Atiku’s son-in-law, Babalele

Alleged fraud: Court discharges case against Atiku’s son-in-law, Babalele

- The Federal High Court sitting has delivered its judgment in the case of alleged fraud involving Abdullahi Babalele

- The verdict of the court did not go the way the EFCC had expected

- The trial judge, Justice Aneke explained the reason for arriving at his judgment

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A case of alleged fraud brought against Abdullahi Babalele, a son-in-law to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has been discharged by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

The Nation reported that the court on Monday, December 21, threw out the two-count charge of laundering of $140,000 filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against the accused.

Alleged fraud: Court discharges case against Atiku’s son-in-law, Babalele
The EFCC has the liberty to appeal the decision of the Lagos court. Photo: PM News, The Sun
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The trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, ruled that case was dismissed on the ground of a wrong venue.

The court held that the charge against the defendant ought not to have been filed in Lagos when the alleged offence was said to have been committed in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Channels TV reported

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In another report, the presidency has dismissed and vehemently denied reports that the former governor of Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, transferred the sum of N12.5 million to President Muhammadu Buhari while he was still in office.

The rebuttal was done by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, on Twitter on Thursday, December 3.

The report which Shehu referred to as a fake news industry at work, claimed that the sum was transferred from the state's coffers to a certain PMB Estate.

Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the remand of Abdulrasheed Maina, a former chairman of the defunct Pension Reformed Task Team (PRTT), Channels TV reported.

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, December 4, ordered Maina to be remanded at Kuje Correctional Centre pending the conclusion of his trial.

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